Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2019

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The world doesn't need any more stuff in it, right now I'm on a #crochethacking mission to get people creating, reusing and thinking about ways to make what they need instead of buying it. Steel&Stitch began 10 years ago and over that time I have created 100's of patterns, written 3 books, made heaps of inspiring crochet and craft pics, taught crochet and craft classes and created sewing, knitting and crochet tutorials for all sorts of people. Getting people making is the future!

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This may look like an awesome bit of decoration but really it's a way of making those too short sleeves fit my long arms.  Very few of us fit into the 'off the peg' sizes that stores produce, an easy way to make things fit better is to get the scissors out! One chop, a few rows of crochet and this sweater not only fits better, but looks brilliant and will now be worn for a lot longer than before :) Christmas Knitting Patterns, Crochet Patterns, Lang Yarns, Crochet Magazine, Plymouth Yarn, Dress Gloves, Paintbox Yarn, Red Heart Yarn, Yarn Brands

Emma Friedlander-Collins on Instagram: “Here's the finished thing chaps! A thrifted sweater that I had a very low opinion of with sleeves that were slightly too short, transformed…”

1,707 Likes, 113 Comments - Emma Friedlander-Collins (@steelandstitch) on Instagram: “Here's the finished thing chaps! A thrifted sweater that I had a very low opinion of with sleeves…”

What was that? Can you make a pair of dungarees with your old jeans? Yeah you can!  If you know how to make a granny square then you can make these bad boys. Using a pocket from another holey pair of jeans you can crochet around the edge and make a bid, and then use the waist band to make the neck strap. I KNOW! Hermes Store, Knit World, Crochet Embellishments, Old Jeans, Yarn Shop, Crochet Clothes, Crochet Outfits, Dungarees, Crochet Designs

Emma Friedlander-Collins on Instagram: “Too excited not to double post today! They're not finished, they're at the 'What do I need to do to make these work?' phase. I reckon…”

3,290 Likes, 110 Comments - Emma Friedlander-Collins (@steelandstitch) on Instagram: “Too excited not to double post today! They're not finished, they're at the 'What do I need to do to…”

Sometimes things fall apart. Mashing up a couple of pairs of old jeans with some crochet and you can create something new and awesome. This pic shows how to add a new side button fly, above a patch that is a pocket.  These are all skills that we can all learn and are super easy and fun when you know how. It's just getting the confidence up! Mollie Makes, Old Jeans, Knit Crochet, Crochet Patterns, Jeans Pocket, Knitting, Create, How To Make, Super Easy

Emma Friedlander-Collins on Instagram: “Oh SNAP! What can't you make with crochet?! Just created a new button fly up the side of my jeans using some trusty trebles - SO over…”

626 Likes, 11 Comments - Emma Friedlander-Collins (@steelandstitch) on Instagram: “Oh SNAP! What can't you make with crochet?! Just created a new button fly up the side of my jeans…”

Firstly: thank you. Thanks for all the lovely messages while I've been in hospital with my wee beastie. His appendix burst last weekend but… Mollie Makes, Bobble Stitch, We Fall In Love, Sustainable Fashion, Knit Crochet, Jumper, Crochet Patterns, Polo Ralph Lauren, Thankful

Emma Friedlander-Collins on Instagram: “Firstly: thank you. Thanks for all the lovely messages while I've been in hospital with my wee beastie. His appendix burst last weekend but…”

1,377 Likes, 34 Comments - Emma Friedlander-Collins (@steelandstitch) on Instagram: “Firstly: thank you. Thanks for all the lovely messages while I've been in hospital with my wee…”

Working on making full photo tutorials to give people the confidence to start hacking their own clothes. Jersey and denim are great starter fabrics as they don't fray or need any sort of sewing, with some simple steps you can just start crocheting! Mollie Makes, T Shirt Yarn, Photo Tutorial, Refashion, Crocheting, Knit Crochet, Confidence, Awards, Fabrics

Emma Friedlander-Collins on Instagram: “This blue pink combo is my current OBSESSION. I love it. . . This is a quick little make/intervention?/disruption? (Any suggestions for…”

807 Likes, 24 Comments - Emma Friedlander-Collins (@steelandstitch) on Instagram: “This blue pink combo is my current OBSESSION. I love it. . . This is a quick little…”

With a bit of reimagining, some simple transformations can give an old garment, new life. This mens shirt was from a second hand store, with a few holes, a hook and some yarn and it can become an oversized jacket. Second Hand Stores, Oversized Jacket, A Hook, Denim Coat, T Shirt Yarn, Refashion, Knit Crochet, Mom Jeans, Awards

Emma Friedlander-Collins on Instagram: “Today's spot of #crochethacking is turning an xl men's shirt into a denim coat for the spring 🌼💚💪🌍 . . The further into my sustainability…”

1,541 Likes, 49 Comments - Emma Friedlander-Collins (@steelandstitch) on Instagram: “Today's spot of #crochethacking is turning an xl men's shirt into a denim coat for the spring 🌼💚💪🌍…”

And a finished denim jacket - nothing 'new' was made, nothing is going to landfill, this now fits properly AND it will have a whole new life. Hacking Books, Mollie Makes, Freaking Awesome, My Darling, New Life, Denim Shirt, Colours, My Love, Crochet

Emma Friedlander-Collins on Instagram: “Ta daaaaaaa! Oh my god I LOVE IT! Not only does it now fit but it looks freaking AWESOME! . . I spent AGES trying to pick colours, ripping…”

2,209 Likes, 163 Comments - Emma Friedlander-Collins (@steelandstitch) on Instagram: “Ta daaaaaaa! Oh my god I LOVE IT! Not only does it now fit but it looks freaking AWESOME! . . I…”

Hehe! couldn't resist adding my own #crochethacking pic when Pinterest suggested it for this board ;)   . . Emma Friedlander-Collins on Instagram: “Finished my sleeves but just spotted a mistake! . #whpinspiredby @katiejonesknit and the #haulternative on these, fall back in love with…” Falling Back In Love, Mollie Makes, Fall Back, T Shirt Yarn, Refashion, Fingerless Gloves, Arm Warmers, Knit Crochet, It Is Finished

Emma Friedlander-Collins on Instagram: “Finished my sleeves but just spotted a mistake! . #whpinspiredby @katiejonesknit and the #haulternative on these, fall back in love with…”

832 Likes, 36 Comments - Emma Friedlander-Collins (@steelandstitch) on Instagram: “Finished my sleeves but just spotted a mistake! . #whpinspiredby @katiejonesknit and the…”

I LOVE clothes, but I don't love fast fashion, consumer culture and planet bashing. Adding elements to a secondhand jumper can give it a whole new lease of life and ANYONE can do it :) Consumer Culture, Mollie Makes, Hipster Art, Miss Marple, Fast Fashion, Knit Crochet, Jumper, Awards, In This Moment

Emma Friedlander-Collins on Instagram: “I love clothes, I mean i LOVE clothes (I have 4 current 'looks' at the moment: Hipster Art Lecturer, Miss Marple Extra, Boho Chav and Kurt…”

1,107 Likes, 43 Comments - Emma Friedlander-Collins (@steelandstitch) on Instagram: “I love clothes, I mean i LOVE clothes (I have 4 current 'looks' at the moment: Hipster Art…”

This denim shirt was languishing in a drawer, too tight across the arms and shoulders to wear comfortably. With a pair of scissors, a simple snip, a few holes and a crochet hook and it can become transformed :) And the best thing is ANYONE can do it. Crochet Stitches, Knit Crochet, Crochet Patterns, Double Crochet, Single Crochet, Crochet Books, Denim Shirt, How To Make, How To Wear

Emma Friedlander-Collins on Instagram: “There are literally 100 other things I should be doing but I'm a little bit addicted to #Crochethacking right now. This denim shirt had got…”

1,221 Likes, 79 Comments - Emma Friedlander-Collins (@steelandstitch) on Instagram: “There are literally 100 other things I should be doing but I'm a little bit addicted to…”

This little questionnaire is to find out just what would help people to start hacking their clothes (click on pic to go see it ).   Hundreds of people have answered so now we know just what to do, tthe more the merrier! Mollie Makes, How To Find Out, How To Make, Helping People, You Got This, Awards, Colour, Teaching, Writing

Emma Friedlander-Collins on Instagram: “Is any one up for helping out with a spot of 'vestigating?! . Just answer a, b, c, d or e 😊 in the comments and I'll get on it! . . What…”

332 Likes, 242 Comments - Emma Friedlander-Collins (@steelandstitch) on Instagram: “Is any one up for helping out with a spot of 'vestigating?! . Just answer a, b, c, d or e 😊 in the…”